Gene Kelly’s Daughter Remembers the Hollywood Icon as a ‘Devoted, Available, and Present Dad’

by Maria Hartfield
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‘Singin’ in the Rain’ star Gene Kelly’s daughter, Kerry Kelly, is reflecting on what it was like growing up with the Hollywood entertainer. Kerry Kelly Novick insists her childhood was “normal” despite being raised by the celebrated performer.

Gene Kelly was an American actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, and more. He starred in films like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “On the Town,” “Anchors Aweigh” and “An American in Paris.” In 1996 at the age of 83, the actor passed away peacefully in his bed at his home in Beverly Hills next to his wife, Patricia. Over the span of his career, Kelly appeared in 45 films as well as choreographed and co-directed some of the most notable musicals of the 1940s and 1950s.

Kelly’s daughter, Kerry Kelly Novick, is all grown up and has made a name for herself as a child, adolescent, and adult psychoanalyst and author. Kerry and her husband recently released a book called, “Emotional Muscle: Strong Parents, Strong Children” geared towards “parents, grandparents, and teachers.”

Gene Kelly Put Family First

In an interview with Fox News, Kelly opens up about what it was like growing up with the Hollywood icon.

“Well, one thing about growing up in Beverly Hills is that almost everybody’s father or mother was in show business. So it wasn’t so different,” she said.

“I think it was more of a realization that for the rest of the world, everybody’s parents weren’t famous. But because it was so ordinary where I grew up, it didn’t feel different. And my father was ordinary, too. He and I would go get bagels and then head to the hardware store. My mom and I would go to the public library. So our lives were very ordinary.”

She continued describing what it was like to grow up with the entertainer.

“He was a very devoted, available, and present dad with me and my siblings,” she gushed. “And he was fun and active. He was very much involved in our schoolwork. But he also loved playing games with us.”

When asked about her favorite memory of her Dad, she replied “There are certainly many. But one that always comes to mind is from the time that I was very small. I was probably four or five. We had a habit. Every time he was home early after supper, he would sit in his big red leather chair in the den and he would pick something for us to read from the encyclopedia. That’s actually how I learned to read. We all enjoyed learning new things and he made it fun for us.”

Gene Kelly was an American actor and director who transformed the film industry as well as a devoted father.

“In the public, he’s seen as a carefree, athletic dancer. But in private he was such an intellectual who was always curious and read all the time,” Novick reflected.

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